Know your sheep by name; carefully attend to your flocks. . . And then, when the crops are in and the harvest is stored in the barns, you can knit sweaters from lambs’ wool, and sell your goats for a profit; there will be plenty . . . to last your family through the winter. (Proverbs 27:23-27, MSG)
I prefer harvesting to sowing, don’t you?
I love it when the commission pays, when the bonus check arrives, and when the awards are handed out and my name is called.
That’s a celebration!
And yet I know that to reap like this, I have to sow.
Sowing isn’t nearly so much fun.
It looks like long miles spent traveling, long hours on the phone listening, and long days writing proposals.
It looks like dirt under your nails, sweat on your brow, and a lot of prayers said that your efforts pay out.
If you knew how to increase your sowing success to result in more harvest, would you do it?
Here are 3 Strategies to Reap More of What You Sow at Work:
First, know your customers’ names: Know your sheep by name.
If you want to make someone feel special, call them by name. At least their first name. Watch as their smile emerges from twinkling eyes. See them come through your doors time after time.
My Dad is retired and belongs to one of those coffee clubs that gather in fast food restaurants. You know, the ones that want free coffee because they’re seniors?
Well, he talks about the people who work there like he knows their families. And not only are the country ham biscuits good there, they have a really good burger, also. He brags on this restaurant to friends. “They know me,” he says.
To reap more of what you sow, name your customers’ names. Yes, it’s impossible to know them all, and yet insure you know the frequent ones.
Second, know your customers’ needs.
My Dad and Mom frequent several restaurants together. I listen with amazement as they tell me about the new manager at one—where he moved from, how old his kids are, what special favor he did for them; how they think he’ll do just as good a job as the last one, who knew their names, too.
Then they recite with exact precision how he made sure my Mom’s meal was prepared to meet her dietary restrictions. He even checked back several times to insure it was still fine.
They tell all of their friends—who all eat out often like they do—about how well this manager listens and delivers.
To reap more of what you sow, know your customers’ needs and deliver.
This Proverb teaches you to know your customers’ names, and deliver on their needs. Finally, this proverb reminds you that you need your customers.
. . . there will be plenty . . . to last your family through the winter when you know their names and deliver on their needs. The Law of Reciprocity takes over your work. God’s Spirit guides you to the best customers for your business, whose names you learn to call, and whose needs you deliver on, and they frequent your establishment and bring their friends with them.
We all prefer reaping to sowing.
Want to reap more of what you sow?
Know your customers’ names.
Know your customers’ needs and deliver.
Know you need your customers.
Yet another biblical practice guaranteed to increase your faith with greater joy at work so you love God and others more as you work Faith Positive in a negative world.
Dr. Joey Faucette
Who is one customer whose needs you can deliver on today?
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